No charges made in four area church break-ins

No charges have been made in a string of four church breaking and enterings reported between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday.

The robberies occurred in Edinburg, Toms Brook, and two in New Market. Maj. Scott Proctor estimated $1,000 worth of property was stolen from the church in Edinburg. No thefts were reported at the other three churches, Proctor said, but the three suffered an aggregate cost of $1,100 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office published a video to its Facebook page on Jan. 8 to highlight the series of breaking and enterings.

“If you have any information or see anything suspicious in or around church property, please contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Timothy Carter in the video.

A similar crime happened in Front Royal recently. Both St. John’s Catholic Church, located at 120 W. Main St., and First Baptist Church, located at 14 W. 1st St., reported burglaries in early December.

The Front Royal Police Department issued a news release Dec. 21 stating that an arrest had been made in connection with the crimes.

“William Roy Foster, 53, of Front Royal was arrested and charged with several counts each of Breaking and Entering, Possession of Burglary Tools, Larceny, and Trespassing,” the release stated.

The Columbia Furnace Church in Woodstock was also the victim of break-ins in 2017, one reported in January and one reported in September. The Sheriff’s Office estimated  $1,300 worth of property damage was done.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information regarding the church break-ins  to contact the department at 540-459-6100.

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